Trending Treatments: Indigenous Traditions That Heal and Rejuvenate

Luxury hotel spas are creating therapeutic treatments native to their locales.

The Shaman Experience at Montage Los Cabos.
The Shaman Experience at Montage Los Cabos.

Wellness will be a top priority for travelers in 2021 and beyond, so luxury spas are elevating their menus with therapeutic treatments that pay homage to the land’s native roots. These healing treatments not only leave guests rejuvenated and refreshed, but also bring them on a spiritual and cultural journey that allows them to understand the destination on a deeper level. Here are three resorts doing just that. 

Bathing with the Whales at Spa Montage

Spa Montage at Montage Los Cabos in Mexico features rituals inspired by the rhythms of the ocean and local traditions of Baja California Sur. In honor of whale watching season, the property recently introduced a unique spa treatment called Bathing with the Whales, which immerses guests in beautiful whale song (from underwater speakers) as their therapist uses gentle movements designed to release blocked energy and promote a state of total relaxation. The service is designed to give clients an authentic rebirth experience that invites them to flow seamlessly into their inner child. 

Lomi Lomi at The Spa at Hana Maui

The Spa at Hāna-Maui Resort in Hawaii provides treatments featuring local botanicals and Hawaiian healing techniques, such as the lomi lomi massage with heated lava rocks. Lomi lomi, a word that means “to knead, to rub, to soothe,” is an art of Hawaiian sacred healing and includes a full body relaxation massage using long gliding strokes of the forearm and elbow. 

Oasis Massage at Oasis Spa

At Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos in Mexico, the Oasis Spa provides the signature Oasis Massage, which helps unlock peace and tranquility inspired by the remote destination. The holistic care ritual is used to purify, calm and stimulate the body using indigenous techniques that combine energetic stones and local herbs, creating a sense of inner stillness and equilibrium from head to toe. 

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